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This picture shows three members of the Shilkret family - Jack, his father Wulf (William) and brother Harry - probably around 1902. Jack, my grandfather, was born in 1896, and he appears to be about six in this photo, hence the date. He was an orchestra leader in the 20's through the 40's, and had several radio shows during the 30's. He composed popular songs and, among other things, did the background music for a number of the Fitzpatrick Travel Talks ("as the sun sinks slowly in the west..."). In addition to his work under his own name, Jack and Uncle Harry both recorded many records with their older brother Nat's RCA Victor orchestra, with Jack on piano and Harry on trumpet. View full size.